One Man and his Blog…

One Man and his Blog…

By Mark Laker

I’d planned to continue writing about goal setting and ideas for conducting annual reviews this month. That was until I watched One Man and his Dog on Countryfile recently. I felt moved to write about the incredible people and their dogs at this year’s finals.

Watching dogs work sheep has always fascinated me

I appreciate the hundreds of hours of training and dedication that must go into working a dog at the top level of the sport.

Karen and I went on a trialing taster day many years ago, we enjoyed it. The dogs we had at the time were hilarious. Millie couldn’t see the sheep, she was totally fixated on us, and Deacon my Border Collie, was apparently a natural, not on sheep though, maybe cows, or Buffalo! he was far too strong for sheep – I think the trainer was being polite and meant unruly!

This year’s young handlers put on an amazing show of professionalism and dedication while competing at this high level. Even when things didn’t go to plan, they continued to focus on the objective and worked with their dogs – I was impressed.

And then there was the judge, our very own Ceri

Karen and I were shouting at the TV “Hey, we know Ceri, she’s famous, we know her!”.

For me, this competition demonstrated top human and dog performers working in unknown and testing conditions – including a motley bunch of sheep, and under the pressure of TV and fellow competitors.

After the immediate ‘wow’ I got from watching these dogs and handlers, my brain flicked into sports psychology mode. I started wondering how the competitors prepare for these events, how do they warm-up (all that whistling must play havoc with your lips), do they visualise the outrun, the drive, how they’re going to pen the sheep. And how do they maintain focus when the performers (sheep and dogs) are working so far away. These questions and many others went over in my mind.

Congratulations to this year’s finalists who were all fantastic and a credit to the sport.

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CSJ reigns Supreme at the Internationals – with a little help from Champ! CP30 and Go On!

CSJ reigns Supreme at the Internationals – with a little help from Champ! CP30 and Go On!

Congratulations to TOM O’SULLIVAN, RICKY HUTCHINSON, PETER MORGAN AND PETER OG MORGAN AT THE ISDS INTERNATIONAL SHEEPDOG TRIALS.

Skill, talent and superb training has created the champions of the ISDS International Sheepdog Trials in September 2021 at Aberystwyth. Each top handler chooses to feed their winning dog with a highly nutritious, natural diet from CSJ:

  • Tom O’Sullivan from Ireland with NorthHill Tess, who won the International Supreme Championship. Tom feeds Champ! and Go On! Herbs
  • Ricky Hutchinson from England with Jonah and Denwyn Moya, who won the International Brace Championship. Ricky feeds Champ! and CP30
  • Peter Morgan from Northern Ireland with Mossee, who won the International Driving Championship and became Reserve Supreme Champion.  Peter feeds CP30 and Champ!
  • Peter Og Morgan from Northern Ireland won the Young Handlers Championship with his dog Tip. Peter feeds CP30 to his trials dogs

Champ! Adult is our highly popular, cost effective recipe, formulated for adult working dogs or active dogs.  Extensively used by champions for champions throughout all dog sports. More

CP30 is a super premium hypo-allergenic, high energy dog food for very active dogs, bitches in-whelp and puppies using salmon as the main ingredient. This ration has gained a great reputation and loyal following by champions in the various dog sports. (15 kg sack). More

Go On! has fast become a firm favourite among top agility, flyball and racing sled dogs. ‘Go On!’ is a natural ‘Competition Mix’ for active dogs. (300g foil pouch) More

Find out more about our feeds, herbs and supplements that make champions.

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“This is the best brand of dog food I have ever tried.” says Demi Holden

“This is the best brand of dog food I have ever tried.” says Demi Holden

By Demi Holden

“This is the best brand of dog food I have ever tried. I have my 19 month old dog on Herbie Rings and Billy No Mates! Everyone comments on how amazing her coat is. She gets 1 cup per day and keeps the weight on.

She isn’t a big eater, so won’t eat any more, but this is the only company with dog food that works for her. This is a brand, I will never be switching. I have told everyone at dog training and Jessies followers on tiktok.

She was 16kg and now 20kg but still looking lean. She does agility classes and training, so she is always getting watched since changing our food. We have always have good comments.